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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (27 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440329575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440329579
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.6 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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I'd seen this artist's work reproduced in the "Splash Series", inter alia, and thought it would be nice to see more. Lo and behold, here is her first book.

I place it amongst the higher echelons of the watercolour "How-to-do-it" genre, and this may well partly come about because she is self-taught; I've always felt that college-trained professional artists, through no fault of their own, don't always have the right approach to teaching mature amateurs, whose needs, aspirations and priorities are quite different from those of 18-year-old students aiming at a career in art.

Self-taught artists often develop unique styles; and so it is with Mrs Hicks, whose attractive work is instantly recognisable through the combination of brushwork and use of colour. But her introduction declares that her book "is not an attempt to teach you to paint like me" - whereas so many competing volumes attempt exactly that - and are to be avoided.

The thread that runs through this book is how to turn uninspiring views into inspiring paintings, and this process is very clearly expounded. One sometimes has to look twice to see by what alchmey she has managed to turn a pretty dreadful photograph into an impressive painting. This not a book for the topographically-inclined ! Sprinkled through the last chapter, devoted to demonstrations, there appear little "box-outs", labelled, "A good thing to know", containing nuggets of practical common sense which every beginning watercolourist will do well to heed.

I don't often enthuse about watercolour how-to-do-it books, of which I probably have hundreds, but this one will certainly find a home on my thinly-populated "outstanding" shelf, to be referred to for artistic refreshment whilst the majority gather dust....
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I am so pleased to have this book in my library. I felt the joy and love that Miss Hicks has for her subject. I now feel able to develop my own style . I hope to have the ability to show what I feel about a subject rather than just reproduce it as is. If you are wondering if this book is for you. It is.
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There are some unusual buildings and views in this book, the artist makes it look very easy. The step by step demos are very good with lots of help. Some of the colours are unusual in the buildings, but that is what makes it so interesting.
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Excellent book, easy to follow demonstrations throughout the book, well explained. definitely recommend this book for those artists who admire this style of painting.
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Beautiful, just beautiful ~ fairly ordinary landscapes made fabulous with Joyce's easy-to-follow instructions, a masterpiece.
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